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Swans thump Thunder, move up ladder
Brendan Hancock breaks away from Swans defender Kyle Hams. Picture: Simon Santi / The West Australian.

Swan Districts have leap-frogged East Fremantle to move to second spot on the WAFL premiership ladder after crushing Peel by 99 points at Steel Blue Oval.

Swans were on top from the start, ahead by 26 points at the first change, and ran out 22.14 (146) to 7.5 (47) victors against an insipid Thunder team.

Swan Districts and West Coast premiership full forward Ashley Hansen had a day out, kicking four goals in the first half and finishing the match with six.

Peel key defender Ash Thornton, playing in his 100th WAFL game, conceded all of Hansen's goals before being moved on to Tim Geappen mid-way through the third quarter.

Midfielders Marlon Motlop, Shaun Hildebrandt, Tom Roach and Matt Riggio were busy for the winners along with ruckman Wes Lammie.

Defenders Tallan Ames, Kyle Hams, Justin Simpson, Graham Jetta and Jarrad Blight were in miserly form for Swans.

West Coast veteran Andrew Embley was steady in his second game back from injury, looking ready for an AFL recall after gathering 20 possessions and six marks.

Peel were outclassed in just about every position on the ground, caretaker coach Mark Moody powerless to stem the tide of goals.

The Thunder's first goal didn't come until 28 minutes into the second quarter when the game was already out of their reach.

Swans claimed the reserves by 41 points with Peel comprehensive 84-point winners in the colts.

Exciting teenager Dayle Garlett, expected to be drafted in the top 10 at this year's national draft, was lively in the reserves for Swans with 16 possessions, four marks, five inside 50s and 4.3.

One of three West Australians picked in the 2012 All-Australian under-18 side, Garlett was dropped from the league side after sleeping in and missing a compulsory recovery session last Sunday.

Another Swans teenager, Aidan Smith, was impressive with 28 possessions and 11 marks.

The West Australian

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